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Embracing diversity as distinct beings or cultures is not enough; living into our unity, our oneness, our common love is the basis of True Diversity
For humanity to live a life of duality, a life of my way versus your way, of my nation versus yours, is a crime against our nature. We have deluded ourselves into believing that embracing diversity regards embracing differing religions and nations and tribes. But how can we embrace what was created by a divisive mind-matrix?
True diversity is about the beautiful and diverse tones on the spectrum of skin color, the shades of eye color, hair color, the infinite possibilities of personality and character and frame. True diversity is about including all the various sexual orientations and creative expressions of each individual on this planet. True diversity is the coexistence of all that was, is and will be.
True diversity is the waltz of man and woman, male, female, and manifestations outside the boundaries of the gender binary, and everyone in between. True diversity is biology and transformation, identification and detachment. True diversity revolves around acceptance of the divinity and sanctity and right of each manifestation to dance in this paradigm and to resound throughout the galaxies, throughout the universe. It has nothing to do with belief or citizenship. And this is why we can never truly “embrace” diversity, this is why we exclude others, this is why we cannot fathom unity. Our definition of unity has made us unable to unify.
The more we divide ourselves into ideological groups, and the more we align ourselves with others based on citizenship, the more we polarize ourselves and others.
Free souls liberate themselves from the chains of separation. A free soul is a transcendent non-conformist who wakes up from the hypnosis of culture and belief and dances to the pulse of all that is. The rest of us have been and continue to be profoundly conditioned to believe that our ideologies are noble, that our flags represent us, and that our societies have a duty to mould us. We attach ourselves to fear and otherness and try to imprison others alongside us. But all these self-inflicted labels only serve to perpetuate the very separation we try, but fail, to dissolve.
The “past” and the “present” do not lie. All we need to do is look closely (and with divine courage) at what has been manifested because of our notion of separation: war, discrimination, prejudice, superiority, refugees, exploitation, gender disparity, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, religious phobias, borders of exclusivity, superiority and inferiority, and on and on.
Once we free ourselves from the matrix of us vs. them, we will finally be able to bid adieu to all the ideologies and cages which obfuscate the way of love and the way of true diversity and genuine acceptance.
We cannot force ourselves to accept others when we are taught to fear the other. And we cannot afford to continue to teach one another that divine love is conditional on what we say, what we do, what we wear or don’t wear, how we pray, who we pray to, whether we pray at all, what we read or don’t read and who we follow or reject. True diversity is not about clothing or mantras or books or holy lands or guides or sacred pilgrimages or rites. It is about the shared essence, the shared freedom of expression, the underlying creativity that glimmers in our hearts. It is about recognizing the omnipresence of holiness in all territories and in the terrain of our cores.
You and I are one. Even though we cannot experience this oneness in the midst of all the shackles of separation and dogmas and nationalism, one thing we can all agree upon is that we come from the same source.
Life is brimming with life. We share the same essence as the stars. We all inhabit the universe. We all have a right to be here. We are the brethren of lions, gazelles, galaxies, oceans, forests and savannahs. We are all manifestations of a mysterious reality, all part of a sacred origin that can never be confined to a book or to a path or to a ritual or to an ideology or to a country or continent. It is beyond the occident and the orient, far and near, north and south. It is vaster than vastness itself, more expansive than the expanse. Our oneness, and the mystery which we are all a part of, is all that matters.
This truth we share, this truth—unrevealed and revealed, hidden and manifested—accepts everything and everybody, excludes nothing and nobody.
And yet, we continue to reject, ostracize, restrict and punish the free souls who understand that what is undefined can never be defined, what is infinite can never be finite. Or, perhaps worse, we turn them into icons and gurus and neglect our inner guidance, the guidance that is in each of us. We turn them into saviors and package them into even more ideologies, commercial and pseudo-spiritual.
But when we bask in the unknowing, when we are in touch with what the world presents to each of us individually for our own individual evolution, when we recognize the unified field in each of us, true diversity can finally be understood, and loved. Loved with a capital, an ever-expanding L, which has no borders and no conditions. We can finally see an end to war, crime, and all the games we play to keep us trapped in polarity.
That very moment, nay that very millisecond, when we realize that we have duped ourselves into believing that diversity is born of assimilation rather than our holy individuality, we can break free and live in love. As of now, when we speak of diversity, may we ensure it has nothing to do with borders and beliefs and books, but everything to do with the magic of our natural differences, physical and innate. True diversity is a manifestation of the expansiveness of the Divine Reality, and it cannot live in the matrix of the divisive mind.
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